I am very slowly making my way through the pile of books I have amassed as gifts, loans, and for potential Gothamist columns. I wasn't such a huge fan of Monique Truong's The Book of Salt, I'm afraid, although it has gotten very high praise from others. I finished Batali and Ramsay mentor Marco Pierre White's A Devil in the Kitchen which comes out on May 1st. I enjoyed it -- he's quite a character and had a major impact on the London food scene. Finally, I read How I Learned to Cook -- a great compliation of stories from over twenty major chefs of defining moments in their culinary careers. Next up, Slow Food Nation by Carlo Petrini and Alice Waters, and Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert. I don't think I have a non-food-related book in the pile.